After reading several stories here that I have thoroughly enjoyed, it is time to have a crack myself. So here goes the start of my Unemployment Challenge.
I am only using England for my nations, but will use all the available leagues down to Skrill North and South.
Having very little playing experience, but some coaching experience at an amateur level, my managers past experience is that of a Sunday League Footballer. This should make life difficult to find a job, especially with the leagues being semi-pro in nature.
At the start of the 2013/14 season, Stockport County is the only club advertising for a new manager, so I throw my application into the mix and head off on holidays, not expecting to hear back from them.
Much to my surprise I am back from holidays two days later for an interview with Stockport. While I would love to be managing a much higher league, I figure we all have to start somewhere. I sit through the interview, hopefully giving all the answers that the Chairman wants to hear.
I hold off going on holidays again just to see what happens, and low and behold, I am offered a contract. Being the greedy man that I am, I try to squeeze as much as I can out of the club, and then sign on the dotted line.
The Early Days
Taking over a new club can be a daunting task, with many decisions that need to be made, especially at the lower level leagues. Does the club have any backroom staff, if they do are they worth keeping, what is the scouting like and I suppose most importantly, are the players going to meet the aims the board has set me.
Stockport County had been relegated from the Skrill Premier in season 2012/13, and the Chairman expected me to have the club reach the promotion playoffs as a minimum. Honestly, I don’t know if I will be up to the task. The club has given me no transfer budget, and I have about £750 available in the wage budget.
In the end I decide that I will keep the existing backroom staff, as I feel it could be better to keep staff below my standards than to go time without an assistant or coaches. I do immediately approach to scouts to join the club, as we currently don’t have any.
Thankfully this is all sorted before my first match in charge, the friendly against...